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Israeli travelers from Nepal arrive on an Israeli rescue plane at Ben Gurion International Airport.

Israel’s rescue effort in Nepal is hugely successful. All but one Israeli have been accounted for – hundreds have already arrived safely back in Israel.

A special El Al Airlines flight brought 216 Israelis, including 15 newborn babies, to Israel from earthquake-devastated Nepal on Tuesday afternoon.

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Nepal last weekend left untold ruin in its wake. Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said Tuesday that the death toll could ultimately exceed 10,000. More than 450,000 people have been displaced, he said.

Several Israeli planes have been sent to Nepal since Sunday to retrieve Israelis stranded in the earthquake-battered country. On Wednesday morning, the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s situation room knew of only six Israelis traveling in Nepal who were yet to be accounted for. By Thursday afternoon, that number dwindled to one as the five others were located.

“It felt as if the entire city was obliterated. There was no power, no water, and no food. We’re delighted to be back,” said Noam Greenberg, who returned to Israel on Tuesday.

“We endured some terrifying moments, but now, being back under the Israeli sun, everything looks better,” Amir Barda, who returned to Israel from Kathmandu with his partner and their newborn twins, said.

By: JNS.org and United with Israel Staff